“When you look at your life in terms of success and failure, you must remember that these terms are relative and not absolute. The criteria you judge by are spurious, subjective, and based on limited perspective. If you judge success in terms of longevity, then death becomes the ultimate failure. This is a most pessimistic view of your journey down the Great Thoroughfare; it means you are born to fail.
If, on the other hand, you judge success in terms of monetary wealth or status, you too are destined for ultimate failure, as you will lose both money and status at the final crossing. If, however, you judge success in terms of the quality of time spent in full conscious awareness in present-moment reality (the eternal moment), which can also include material wealth and longevity as by-products, you lose nothing at the moment of death and achieve the ultimate success of achieving an unbroken, silken thread of consciousness as you make the grand crossing.”
Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”
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